K. Male'
19 Dec 2021 | Sun 17:56
The country has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year
The country has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year
Covid-19 community transmission
Maldives confirms 131 new Covid-19 cases, 168 recoveries
Active cases dropped to 2,019
91,573 patients have recovered from the virus so far
Maldives total Covid-19 case count rose to 93,864

Maldives confirmed 131 new Covid-19 cases and 168 additional recoveries on Saturday.

According to the latest figures publicized by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), a total of 4,434 samples were tested for the virus between 6pm Friday and 6pm Saturday.

Of these, 22 were confirmed from the Maldives congested capital, Malé City, 87 were detected from residential islands and 22 from operational resorts.

With this development, active cases dropped to 2,019 from the previous day’s 2,056.

By sundown on Saturday, hospital admissions dropped to 15 with the release of one patient.

Maldives total Covid-19 case count rose to 93,864 in the reporting period.

With the additional recoveries confirmed on Saturday, the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus so far in the Maldives has risen to 91,573.

Over the past week, 800 new cases were confirmed across Maldives alongside 712 recoveries. Daily coronavirus cases rose to 162 on Wednesday, making it the highest number recorded this week, with the lowest rise being reported on Sunday at 55.

Maldives reported its first Covid-19 fatality in April 2020 and since then, the death toll has risen to 259. The latest victim was identified as a Maldivian man aged 62. Nine Covid-19 fatalities have been reported so far in December.

Maldives confirmed the first case of the new, more transmissible variant of Covid-19, ‘Omicron’ on December 5.

HPA highlighted that the first case of the new variant was confirmed through genome sequencing of a tourist that arrived in the Maldives from South Africa on November 21. Since then, the public health authority in its latest presser has revealed that four more cases have been detected.

The public health authority urged caution over the confirmation of ‘Omicron’ in the Maldives, pushing the public to take the necessary precautions for their safety and for the safety of others and to pay special heed to the instructions and guidelines set forth by the authorities.

HPA stressed on the importance of adhering to safety measures to avoid another Covid-19 wave from hitting the Maldives and urged the public to provide their full support and cooperation in helping authorities curb the spread of the infection.

The public health authorities have urged the public to get their vaccination doses, adhere to guidelines set place in hosting events and gatherings and even in the work environment to prevent the risk of widespread infection.

This comes at a time the government imposed a ban on travel from seven countries in Africa recently, triggered by the threats ‘Omicron’. Travelers have been banned from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eswatini, including those who visited these countries 14 days before arriving into the Maldives, as well as those who transited in these countries for more than 12 hours.

Further, the announcement reads that those who have travelled to the Maldives after spending more than 14 days in these countries and over 12 hours in transit, must observe a quarantine period of 14 days.

These new measures have been implemented at a time President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has also revealed that there have been surging concerns regarding the more transmissible ‘Omicron’ SARS-CoV-2 variant.

Research indicates that those who have recovered from Covid-19 are at a high risk of contracting the new variant, dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The country has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year, since 12 March 2020. It was extended a 21st time to expire on December 30.

Last updated at: 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Imad Latheef